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As we start to move away from Limerick

As the first phase of project lift draws to a close the second phase has already started! We’ve still got some of the waste treatment systems to remove from the site in Limerick if anyone can give a hand, again safepass required for it. You can contact us at or through the contact page.

The second phase has actually been going on for awhile, it’s composed of planning and fund-raising. Such a large project would be nothing without either! We’ve got some good things planned with both buildings but as we start to leave Limerick we need to get going on fund-raising again to cover costs for moving the buildings and storing them. If you have any ideas for good fundraising events let us know! Alternativly there is a donate link on the right hand side of the site if you wish to contribute to this immense project for the castle.

We had a bit of a problem getting the latest pictures from the site in Limerick, hope to have them soon for a side-by-side comparison, might have a bit of video as well if it turned out well.

Project Lift – Nearly there!

We’re getting there! Not much left to dissasmble now, just the base. Plenty left to ship out.

What does everyone think of all this so far? 🙂


Sundays are usually quiet affairs, sunday dinner, sunday drive, etc. Oh and now-a-days sunday shopping. For us it’s still project lift! Site work can’t be done on Sunday so what we can fit in to a trailer is fitted and shipped back to the castle saturday night, sunday begins the sorting, storage and de-nailing in some cases.

We can store alot of the materials in the lower areas of the castle, alot of the smaller peices from the interior are easily handled and fitted in. The larger pieces from outside walls, the roof (a-frames, awnings), in some cases the windows are going to be the hard parts to store! That is of course after the transport is arranged.

If you have storage around Tullamore or even in Limerick that you might donate for awhile to help with this project then give us a shout! If you have transport that might help us get some of these materials from Limerick to Tullamore (or where we’re storing them) we’ed love to hear from you as well!

Once we get a roof over the first building on our site storage problems will dissappear for a little while. We’ll be able to move a good bit of the other building inside the first one so all the materials are on site and near to hand for us. Pallets are also high on the list! Walls must be stacked on pallets for ease of transport using a teleporter or forklift and of course the save huge amounts of time when loading and unloading a container. If you have any spare pallets we’ed gladly put them to good use!

Project Lift – Update 2

This is what this beautiful building looks like after volunteers painstakingly removed 3,088 (30,000 square feet) peices of plaster board with less than 20% losses. This big challenge is over now and on to the next one! We are preparing to take the roof off next week – we need steeplejacks and licensed riggers badly – help us find them!





See the insulation in the ceilings – we have saved all this too! and the electric cables, fittings and other services. Nothing will go to waste …. its time to step in, roll up the sleeves and get stuck in – yes?

Let us know what you can do to help out and get these beautiful buildings on their way to the castle!

Project Lift – Update 1

Charleville Castle is one step closer to realising the dream of having proper temporary accommodation on its site – we have been working diligently now for the past 3 weeks on disassembling one of the two donated Austrian Strabag buildings at the Limerick Tunnel construction site and are successfully on schedule. We have over 20 hard working volunteers currently on the site who have gone through safe pass training in order to help in the disassembly/transport and re-assembly process. We are forever grateful for their help and efforts – some even staying weekly to help get the job done in Limerick to avoid long travel.

In order for this project to be completed, we need to be able to compensate our volunteer’s expenses so that they can complete the project.

The addition to proper lodgings on the castle grounds means big and promising improvements for Charleville Castle. It means that any volunteer or overnight stay groups can relax knowing that they will have their own living quarters equipped with meeting rooms, kitchens, laundry, showers and bathrooms for themselves. Event and fundraiser organizers can have more comfortable and accessible production offices on the event grounds. At present, the accommodation conditions are awkward as the castle becomes increasingly under pressure from unnecessary traffic which contradicts our conservation process. This way, international and national volunteer groups can have comfortable lodgings for days, weeks at a time and enables increased restoration projects to happen more frequently. Interns will have lodgings instead of having to find accommodation in town, and overnight stay groups can have a gathering in the castle and retire to comfortable facilities without having to sleep on the floor or remove all bedding from the main rooms in time for tours to commence.

We really need the support from our members in order to fund this project to prevent excess traffic in the castle’s delicate areas where the temporary buildings would ease this aspect.

If you would like to make a charitable donation to Charleville Castle Heritage Trust you can donate via paypal below or if you wish to donate some time to help contact us via the contact page at the top and let us know what you can do!

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Any denomination is appreciated and will boost morale in the volunteers that are making this project happen with your help.

Our next update will come shortly –

Thanks a million!

The Volunteers
Charleville Castle


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